Peru reports death of nearly 3,500 sea lions due to H5N1 bird flu


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in Follow up from PeruThe State Protected Natural Areas National Service (CERNANB) this week announced the death of 3,487 South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) in seven protected natural areas on the coast, which represents 3.29% of the just over 105,000 species. inhabits the entire country.

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In addition, 5 fur seals (Artocephalus australis) have been reported dead, which represents 0.06% of the 8,000 fur seals recorded in protected natural areas in Peru.

Who is this Information from November 2022, mainly covering the impact on Paracas National Reserves (Ica); The system of islands, islands, points of Guaneras (Lambayeque, La Libertad, Uncash, Lima, Ica, Arequipa and Moquegua) and Ilescas (Piura).

Since the beginning of the H5N1 avian influenza emergency, at least 63,000 dead birds have been discovered in eight protected nature areas, with the species most affected being boobies, pelicans and gobies.

This virus affects countries such as Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina, and recently there were reports of the deaths of animals that showed symptoms similar to those in Peru and were diagnosed as infected with bird flu in northern Chile.

Faced with this situation, Cernanab is putting up perimeter fences in some sectors where visitors are not restricted from accessing the beaches as they are tourist circuits, thus they are also effectively reporting on the impact of wildlife.

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This field monitoring plan identified danger areas and identified places where dead animals were found, through permanent methods and the use of drones; In these settings, specialized staff and park rangers have the appropriate tools for the proper and safe management and disposal of deceased animals, potentially infected with H5N1 avian influenza. In this way, they seek to reduce the risk of infection, as well as reduce the exposure of animals found in those areas.

Sernanp has strengthened surveillance and activated its alert systems in all coastal marine areas of the Peruvian coast where positive cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been detected in wild birds in the northern hemisphere, with a focus on breeding areas. For sea lions in recent days.

Finally, Sernanp once again urges citizens to avoid getting close to wildlife in general, and to stay away from specimens that have been found dead or with some evidence of disease.

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